Making Music Matter, Book 1

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Making Music Matter introduces an ingenious new paradigm of teaching beginning band, masterfully conceived to elevate the traditional goals of a first year band method to new levels of achievement. All students begin on notes that offer security and confidence. Each lesson to follow is laced with opportunities for skill development, creativity and performance.

The collaborative efforts of renowned composer Frank Ticheli and esteemed educator Gregory B. Rudgers have created a sequentially orchestrated blend of daily warm ups, drills and exercises, complemented by 24 original Frank Ticheli band compositions and 15 solo pieces. Each composition offers a genuine music making experience based on the skills just mastered. The unique Creative Corner affords students the opportunity to exercise improvisation as they creatively apply their performance skills.

The goal throughout is not simply to learn to play an instrument, but rather to use newly acquired abilities to experience the true joy of making music. Thus each lesson is thoughtfully formatted to build confidence, to nurture creativity, and to experience real music-making based on the skills just mastered. It is no longer a matter of simply “getting it right” and “teaching to the test,” but rather of using skills and knowledge to open up new pathways to learning, achieving, and creating. Schools adopting Making Music Matter as their beginning band method will lead their students into new vistas of musical discovery.

Read an interview with Frank Ticheli and Gregory B. Rudgers.

Sample Books: Teacher / Trumpet / Clarinet